Occupants 'very lucky to escape' injury as pipe bomb explodes

The occupants of a house were very lucky to escape injury when a pipe bomb exploded in a front garden in Derry this morning.

Sunday, 31st March 2019, 4:06 pm
Updated Sunday, 31st March 2019, 5:16 pm

Detectives in Strand Road are investigating a pipe bomb explosion that occurred in the Montgomery Close.

Detective Sergeant Richard Donnell said: “At approximately 2 a.m. this morning, Sunday, March 31 police received a report that a device in the form of a pipe bomb had exploded in the front garden of a residential property in Montgomery Close.

"Thankfully no damage has been caused to the property. However the occupants of property were very lucky to escape injury.

"Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone who saw any persons or vehicles acting suspiciously in the area to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 91 of 31/03/19.

"Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."